July 19, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – New York City’s concrete truck drivers ratified a new contract with the New York City Concrete Producers Coalition at a union meeting last night.
The contract provides raises, maintains welfare and pension provisions, and improves job protections for sick and injured drivers. New York’s concrete truck drivers are members of Teamsters Local 282.
“Our members stood together and won a contract that ensures that the concrete industry will remain a middle-class career,” said Thomas Gesualdi, President of Teamsters Local 282. “We are all grateful to our brother and sister Teamsters, and the entire labor movement, for standing with us.”
“At a time when the middle class is shrinking and income inequality is growing, labor unions are showing that workers can still thrive in this country if they organize and mobilize,” Gesualdi continued.The four-year agreement covers about 500 concrete truck drivers.
Local 282 members deliver concrete to construction projects around the city, big and small, including the 2nd Avenue Subway and Hudson Yards. Local 282 is a member of the New York City Building and Construction Trades Council and also represents other building materials and dump truck drivers.
The concrete drivers are among 120,000 Teamsters in more than two dozen New York City area locals, who work in a range of industries, including sanitation, package delivery, warehousing, airlines, freight, public housing, food and beverage distribution, and school buses.